Synopsis by Andrea LeVasseur
The black-and-white silent film Siren of the Tropics features the film debut of international star Josephine Baker. Surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel is credited as the assistant director, but he allegedy quit the production before it was finished. Set in the West Indies but filmed in France, a man named Berval saves a native girl, Papitou (Baker), making her his willing slave. Even though he is engaged to Denise, Papitou falls for him and follows his ship back to Paris. At first she finds work as a nurse, but she eventually becomes a dance hall star and returns to her native land. Starring Regina Dalthy, Pierre Batcheff, and Georges Melchior. Only portions of this 1927 film still exist.
native, slave girl, dance-hall-girl, France, nurse